We're used to seeing huge waits for carrier-branded devices to receive updates to the latest and greatest version of Android. Actually, sometimes they don't arrive until the next version has been announced. HTC is trying to set a new standard, apparently. After pushing 4.3 out to most of the HTC One variants, it is pledging to get 4.4 rolled out to all devices in the US within 90 days. The Google Play edition One? It will be updated in just 15 days.


The 90 day figure includes all the carrier-branded versions of the One, and of course, the Developer Edition. The speed of the update might have a lot to do with the decision to keep Sense at version 5.5 and simply integrate the feature set with KitKat. The Google Play edition obviously requires very little modification, and it will bring better support for the IR blaster – it's a win-win.

HTC hasn't made any firm decisions about how to proceed with regard to the One Max and One Mini, though. Hopefully there will be similarly exciting news for those updates. For the time being the HTC One is not too big, and not too small, but just right for a fast update.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Lars Jeppesen

    Absolutely amazing

    *** kisses his HTC One 4.3 w. Sense 5.5 ***

  • TEST

    Do you think the nexus devices will get the update before the Google play edition?

    • Jonathan McHatton

      Nexus devices will probably get an OTA sometime next week,.

      • Jadephyre

        Well, the week is almost over, with no OTA in sight.

  • Curt Neal

    I hope to hear something similar from Samsung.

  • Rex

    and on verizon.. 900 days later.

    • Frederico Silva

      900? That soon?

      • Gr8lakes

        Verizon is always the last one to the dance. It's probably because they spend so much development time locking the bloatware so you can't delete it...

    • remister

      Isn't Verizon's version on 4.1 still, are they still slanted for 4.3 or will the 4.4 deadline take over?

      • Daniel Grabowski

        Verizon's came preloaded with 4.2.2 and were slanted for 4.3 but it's been pushed back another month I believe, and at this point I'd say toss it and go right to 4.4

        • crazyg0od33

          i tweeted the same suggestion to Jason Mackenzie.

          • Jonathan Ly

            You're not the only one

          • crazyg0od33

            yeah - and he said they werent skipping :(

            so now we'll be waiting longer

          • Jonathan Ly

            Well we know why they're redoing the 4.3 update - to block rumrunner from working again.

          • ltredbeard

            What is rumrunner?

          • crazyg0od33

            the s-off method for vzw HTC one phones

          • ltredbeard

            Should have figured. Thanks

          • Jonathan Ly

            Rumrunner is the program used to Unlock the bootloader and turn S-ON to S-OFF. It makes the phone able to use custom roms. I'm certain that is the reasoning behind the delay

        • TylerChappell

          Except we all know that won't happen simply because....Verizon.
          They'll have 4.3 roll out sometime later this month....and then MAYBE by the end of February it will see 4.4, right as HTC announces the One's successor, coming preloaded with 4.4.2

  • remister

    If that is the case, I don't need a Nexus 5.... ASIIIIKE!
    On the real though, I rather obtain Sense 5.5 first, so I can take out Blinkfeed.

    • gtg465x

      It will be tough for me deciding between Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 and stock Android 4.4 in a couple weeks. Once Android 4.4 with Sense hits though, it'll be Sense all the way. I love stock Android, but I just lose too many features compared to Sense.

    • Mantas

      The problem is after sense 5.5 blinkfeed is much improved, and I actually don't want to remove it. Give it a chance, you may like it.

  • Wazzifer

    I doubt my beloved T-Mobile Note 3 will get 4.4 any time soon. Oh well.

  • Alexander Terry

    I take it the HTC one vx won't get 4.4 anytime soon?

    • Cherokee4Life

      or my HTC One sv :(

      • McCoy

        How about Htc one v?

        • Nathan Fernandes

          time to say goodbye to those phones

  • Micah Madru

    You left out that the Developer edition and unlocked versions will get it within 30 days.

  • Cherokee4Life

    oh wow. Good man HTC. nice

  • Simon Belmont

    Well played, HTC. If you can keep that time line I'd be extremely impressed (I already was with the Android 4.3 update).

    So, it sounds like my wife's T-Mobile HTC One (just got 4.3 last week), will get Sense 5.5 and Android 4.4 in 3 months or so. Awesome, just awesome.

  • Jadephyre

    Would be really funny if the One received 4.4 before the Nexus 4, I can totally see that happen...

    • io53

      My GE One got 4.3 before my Nexus 4. It just comes down to luck with the rollout.

  • perhac88

    So google says a few weeks for other nexus's to be updated, and the google editions later after them. So if the google edition gets it in 15 days then nexus 4, 7, 10 have to get it in like a week?

    • Jadephyre

      Wouldn't it be fun if the world worked like that?

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I hope my Google Play Edition GS4 gets KitKat within 15 days! That would be fantastic and proof that Google plans to honor their promise of "receiving system updates promptly."

    • Justin W

      Yes... But that's the responsibility of Samsung. I'm fairly sure they will do it soon, but I don't think the 15 day timeframe is likely with them.

  • Tony

    I still haven't got 4.3 on my Australian HTC One, through Telstra

  • Stephen McGann

    Consider the Gauntlet thrown

  • CrazyTrond

    90 days = 3 months = too long

    Fortunately I'm on a GE HTC One, 15 days is long enough to wait...

    • Mantas

      Are you serious?

  • Rahul Dhaka

    got a tweet back from @HTC_Canada, they plan to stick to the 90 day windows as well


  • Matthew Fry

    I love you HTC.

  • Raadius

    Great news! I have faith in HTC after getting 4.3 to us soo fast!

  • tyk7733

    That's so awesome

  • Melissa Peterson

    Which carrier variants have Sense 5.5, because on Sprint I still only have Sense 5.0 on 4.3.

  • edfranco1

    Verizon has a great network but slow a** team working the software department. Whomever is in charge should be fired.